from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The principles and practices of a party of political reformers, chiefly workingmen, active in England from 1838 to 1848.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A movement for political and social reform in the United Kingdom during the mid-19th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principles of a political party in England (1838-48), which contended for universal suffrage, the vote by ballot, annual parliaments, equal electoral districts, and other radical reforms, as set forth in a document called the People's Charter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The political principles and opinions of the Chartists.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the principles of a body of 19th century English reformers who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people


From Medieval Latin charta, charter (referring to the "People's Charter” of 1837), from Latin, paper, document; see card1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the People's Charter of 1838. (Wiktionary)



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